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Federal Register Highlights – 1/8/16

January 8, 2016

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 8, 2016:

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to reclassify the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act) due to substantial improvements in the species’ overall status since the original listing in 1967 as endangered under the Endangered Species Conservation Act of 1966. This proposed action is based on a thorough review of the best scientific and commercial data available, which indicate that the West Indian manatee no longer meets the definition of endangered under the Act. If this proposal is finalized, the West Indian manatee including its subspecies would remain protected as a threatened species under the Act. This document also constitutes our 12-month finding on the petition received to reclassify this species. To allow us adequate time to consider your comments on this proposed rule, we must receive your comments on or before April 8, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number FWS-R4-ES-2015-0178.)

PROPOSED RULE: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), propose to amend our regulations for National Wildlife Refuges (refuges) in Alaska. This proposed rule clarifies how our existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators; and updates our public participation and closure procedures. This proposed rule would not change Federal subsistence regulations or restrict the taking of fish or wildlife for subsistence uses under Federal subsistence regulations. We must receive your comments on or before March 8, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number FWS-R7-NWRS-2014-0005.)

PROPOSED RULE: GSA is proposing to amend the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) by updating the definition for incidental expenses to include ATM fees, and by clarifying the policy for laundry, cleaning, and pressing of clothing. Interested parties should submit comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before March 8, 2016 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference FTR Case 2014-304.)

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